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New Health Passport for young people leaving care

  • Supporting Wirral’s most vulnerable young people
  • Helping care leavers take control of their health and wellbeing


Wirral’s care leavers now have their very own Health Passport - an easy-to-reference record of their medical and healthcare history, designed to help them keep track and take control of their health into adulthood.

 

Launched at Moreton Family Centre on 19 July 2018, the passports were presented to the young people after months of planning and consultation.

A partnership between Wirral Council and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, the Health Passport is designed like a real passport and contains pages to record all health contacts and past health history .

 

It also includes details of their health recorded by their GP plus healthy living advice. When asked what the Health Passport meant to them, the young people were really positive. One care leaver said: “This will help me in life and help me with my independence.” Another care leaver described how it would help her manage all her personal information; “I have so many pieces of paper” she said, “this will keep it all in one place. The size is very practical and helps take away the worry that I’ll lose important information about me.”

 

The idea of a digital app on a smart phone was dismissed by the care leavers as part of the initial consultation. They unanimously chose to have a tangible document they could keep with other important items such as their birth certificate and passport.

 

The Health Passport will stay with Wirral’s young people into adulthood. They are an important reference for care leavers, their clinicians and carers now, and a record they can take into their adult lives.

 

Cllr Bernie Mooney, cabinet member for children and families, said: “Looked after children often have a more tumultuous childhood than most children and young people, so it’s vital Wirral Council as corporate parents provide as much consistency and stability as possible.

 

“A health passport will help young people keep track of their medical history and health needs, giving them easy access to information that could make a big difference to their health and wellbeing. It’s something that would be useful for us all and I’m delighted that our young care leavers are leading the way.”

 

Jayne Williams, Named nurse for safeguarding children at Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am very proud that the trust is part of this initiative to support some of our most vulnerable young people to take control of their own health needs and equip them with  health information for adulthood”

 

All young people leaving care will receive a Health Passport and there are plans to introduce an electronic version available on the Right Side of Care website which will enable young people with special educational needs more appropriate and easier access to the document.

 

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Last Updated: Friday, 27 July 2018 10:06

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